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  • ICAA Record ID
    863957
    AUTHOR
    Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño
    TITLE
    [Este Portafolio constituye la primera publicación del Taller Gráfico del Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño...] / Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño
    IMPRINT
    San Juan, Puerto Rico : Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño, [1951]
    DESCRIPTION
    [1] leaf
    LANGUAGES
    English; Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Loose leaf – Press Release
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño. [Este Portafolio constituye la primera publicación del Taller Gráfico del Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño...]. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño, [1951].
     
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Synopsis

This is the introduction to the first portfolio, published to commemorate the first anniversary of the Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño [Puerto Rican Art Center] (CAP) that was established in 1950 in San Juan. The essay describes the goals and prograpms of CAP: the exhibition hall, the art school, and the print shop. It states that the CAP intends to create “an intimate relationship between artists and the Puerto Rican people.” The strategy for accomplishing the main objectives includes providing unconditional help for young artists, presenting talks on art, and using the press and the radio to communicate with the people about Puerto Rican art and the establishment of CAPs on other parts of the Island. 

Annotations

In 1950 Rafael Tufiño, José Antonio Torres Martinó, Félix Rodríguez Báez, and Lorenzo Homar founded the Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño [Puerto Rican Art Center] (CAP). The CAP provided a variety of services, including a communal print shop, an art school, and a place to exhibit work and hold meetings. The CAP drew its political ideology from Pedro Albizu Campos (the Puerto Rican nationalist leader), and the Mexican Taller de Gráfica Popular [People’s Print Shop] (TGP), where Tufiño and other artists had studied. The goal of CAP to work together to create a Puerto Rican art that would resonate with the people was clearly expressed in its first portfolio La estampa puertorriqueña [The Puerto Rican Print], published in 1951. CAP artists believed that the print was the ideal medium in which to reach a vast audience and to rekindle a universal sense of Puerto Rican art.

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Credit
Courtesy of José A. Torres Martino, San Juan, Puerto Rico